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The Spiritual Company You Keep
If you’ve been following the presidential race lately, you probably heard about Rev. Jeremiah Wright. He’s the Chicago-area pastor who Sen. Barack Obama relied on for spiritual guidance in the past. He married Obama and his wife, Michelle, and he baptized Obama’s children. Clearly, Wright’s presence was not an insignificant one in Obama’s life.
The media has made a big to-do about Obama’s relationship with Wright, considering some of the outrageous claims that Wright has made on the pulpit about the U.S. deserving the attacks on 9/11 because of the country’s foreign policy stance, or that the government purposely spread AIDS to the African American population. So the question lingering on everyone’s minds is: Is this what Obama thinks, too?
Obama has vehemently denounced Wright’s assertions and repeatedly stated that Wright’s comments only tear the country apart instead of bringing everyone together. Regardless, his poll numbers have slipped as a result of the controversy and pundits think the story will follow him through to the election in November if he is the Democratic nominee.
We want to hear what you think about this story. Is it fair to judge someone based on his or her spiritual advisor? How much does your spiritual leader define your spirituality or your personality? [Washingtonpost.com]